Understand the importance of personal responsibility and know that freedom cannot exist if we are unwilling or unable to govern ourselves
Understanding Self Governance
· Do YOU have any responsibility for the current state of our government?
· Has the cultural shift away from morality in America served to destroy our ability to self govern?
· Is OUR government a reflection of what we as a people have allowed ourselves to become?
Might we be bold enough to say that the answer to all of these questions is yes.
THE principle of self governance is one of the most important principles upon which our country was founded. Without it, others fail. Morality is the bridge between liberty and society. It is liberty's foundation, and no other principle was more commonly emphasized by the Founding Fathers.
Self-government can only be maintained by the self-governed, and consists of self-regulation of their behavior and passions. This moral constraint strengthens individual character and benefits society as a whole. True virtue distains prejudice and discrimination, confirming that: "all men are created equal." It embraces acts of good will, patience, tolerance, kindness, respect, humility, gratitude, courage, honor, industry, honesty, chastity and fidelity. These precepts serve as the foundation for individual and societal governance. Public virtue, or society's goodness, may be measured then by totaling the virtuous characteristics of its individual citizens.
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The Moral Foundations of Republican Government
In 1986, Edwin Meese III, published an article in Imprimus Magazine entitled: The Moral Foundations of Republican Government. Here is an excerpt from that document:
During the past several decades an aggressively secular liberalism often driven by an expansive egalitarian impulse has threatened many of the traditional political and social values the great majority of the American people still embrace. The strong gusts of ideology have indeed threatened to blow out the moral lights around us. This has been the result of our knocking down certain institutional barriers to national political power - in particular, the abandonment of an appreciation for the necessity of the separation of powers, and for the continuing political importance of federalism.
I would argue that the demise of these two institutional arrangements has had a disastrous impact on the moral foundations of republican government. I would further argue that these deleterious developments should be abandoned as the dangerous innovations that they are. For they violate our most fundamental political maxim: That in a system of popular government, the people have the liberty and the legitimate power within certain limits to define the moral, political, and legal content of their public lives. When we allow this principle to be transgressed, we risk severing the necessary link between the people and the polity. Indeed, we cut the moral chord that binds us together in our common belief that we have a vital role to play in deciding how we live our collective lives.
We have an obligation today-a moral obligation, if you will - to restore those institutional arrangements that the Founders knew to be essential to the nurturing of public virtue. We have an obligation to restrict the insensitive intrusiveness of the national government in order to allow the most important decisions to be made by the people, not by those Adam Ferguson once called the "clerks and accountants" of a large and distant bureaucracy. We have an obligation to allow the states and communities the maximum freedom possible to structure their politics and infuse them with the moral tone they find most conducive to their happiness. This is the moral obligation of our generation.
We may either reassert our right to govern ourselves or we can surrender to the stultifying leviathan of big government. We must restore those structures that will shore up our sagging moral foundations or we risk losing the liberties which rest upon those foundations. “
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OF VIRTUE AND A STRONG MORAL FRAMEWORK
A strong moral foundation is necessary to the principle of self governance. Without honor, integrity and basic respect for the rights and property of others, freedom will cease to exist.
Josef Stalin once said:
America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.
Once these basic values are undermined, an overreaching government is more than happy to step in to fill the void left by their absence in our lives.
It’s important to know and understand this, because it explains the war on Christianity and family values taking place in our country each and every day.
A recent example of this is the battle being waged against the placement of a statue of Jesus located on Big Mountain in Whitefish Montana that stood for 60 years.
A group named Freedom from Religion claims credit for it, and truth be known, campaigns like this are very effective in erasing Christianity from the public conscience.
Meanwhile, we have let the camel’s nose under the tent with incorporation. In exchange for tax advantages, the church has ‘volunteered’ to put itself under Caesar, all the while complaining about the lack of ‘separation of church and state’. In exchange for 501-(c) (3) corporate status, churches are being muted from speaking out on candidates, current office holders and the great moral issues of the day. Timidity prevails as ministers feel handcuffed by reprehensible but politically correct public policy.
Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said,
"[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence."
Talk with your local religious leaders and ask their thoughts on these issues and more.